In the wake of natural disasters, looters come out of the woodwork to salvage goods from businesses that are not theirs. In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, this, too, has become a major problem.
But one "looter" made a deadly mistake Friday when he attempted to steal a police car.
What are the details?
According to WUTV-TV, a man, who is being described as a looter, attempted to steal a police car Friday night in Panama City, Florida, which took a direct hit from the catastrophic storm.
"He yelled at me a little bit. He said, 'oh I’m looting' and he opened the door to the police officer’s SUV with the lights going, got in it and shut the door," witness Landon Swett told WUTV.
Then, moments later, Swett said he heard gunshots.
"As I’m crossing the doorway, I look back, saw the officer at the passenger side. I don’t believe the door was open yet. Then I got about three more feet inside, and I heard the shots," he explained.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the gunshots came from a Florida Fire Marshall. That official was not identified, but law enforcement said the unidentified thief died of his injuries.